50 laptops set to be used by the country’s spies have been stolen from the Department of Defence’s intelligence headquarters in Pretoria.
According to a report by the City Press, the theft was originally kept secret, with the department not initially reporting it to the State Security Agency or The Hawks.
“This is a serious embarrassment to the country,” an intelligence insider told the newspaper.
“Luckily, many of the computers were brand new and did not have much information stored on them.”
Another source stated that some of the laptops did have sensitive information on them, though, which could lead to national security information being exposed.
“The information on some of those laptops is highly sensitive, and would expose our strengths and weaknesses.”
Department of Defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said the laptops were all new, with no information on them, and were stolen just after they were delivered.
The theft is said to have taken place on the same Christmas weekend the State Security Agency was robbed of R17 million in foreign currency.